The best mountain bike repair workstands are a must-have item. They hold the bike clear of ground, allowing you to change parts, true wheels, adjust gears and carry out routine maintenance – ensuring your bike is in tip-top condition and saving you money in the process.

The best mountain bike repair workstands let you work on your bike to carry out essential maintenance and keep it running as smoothly as possible. Look for a stand that clamps the seat post, allow you to access all of the components as well as spin the cranks so you can run through the gears or true the wheels. They should be lightweight and fold up for storage. Having the knowledge and the tools to service and repair your own bike will save you time and money, it will make your rides more enjoyable, and it will reward you with a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Scroll to the bottom for a list of key elements to look out for when buying a repair stand, but to kick off, here’s our pick of the best workstands for your mountain bike according to our expert reviewers.

For all you bike fettlers out there with the best mountain bike tool kits at your disposal, it makes sense to combine your tool collection with a really good workstand.

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Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite

Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite

Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite

Money-no-object classic

Weight: 6kg | Working height: 1,070-1,800mm | Folded size: 203 x 1,168mm | Max. load: 38.6kg | Rating: 10/10

Pros: Should last years and years Cons: OTT for the occasional mechanic

Feedback Sports has made a fantastic workstand in the Ultimate Pro Elite, that’s not cheap, but will pay you back with years of faithful service. We know – ours has been going strong for 20 years.The photo above shows our original stand (circa 2001) and the brand new version. Suffice to say Feedback Sports hasn’t messed around too much with its winning formula.

There’s a nice long main support column that keeps your bike clear of the ground for working on both wheels at a comfortable height. It’s rock-solid thanks to the folding tripod legs and the revised clamp head makes getting your bike secured even easier than the original. Sure, the Ultimate Pro Elite costs a bit more initially, but it will almost certainly prove economical in the long run if you do a lot of DIY maintenance.

Click here to read our full review of the Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite stand


Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand

Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand

Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand

As durable as the Feedback Sports Pro Elite but around half the price

Weight: 6.04kg | Working height: 131cm | Clamp offset: 26cm | Leg footprint: 110cm | Rating: 9/10

Pros: Well-built and durable. Good working height. Works with e-bikes Cons: Could be easier to fold and unfold. Not very compact when folded.

Like its more expensive stablemate, the Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand has been in service with one of MBR’s staffers for nearly 20 years. As such it’s lived in the corner of a damp shed, being brought into use on a semi-regular basis for all manner of DIY jobs, and still going strong.

The working height is decent and the clamp easily adjusts to grip onto a dropper post. It’ll hold both wheels clear of the ground and even cope with most e-bikes, remaining stable on a sloping garden. The thru-pin can be tricky to slide into place for folding and the rotating clamp is difficult to torque up, but overall this is a great workstand that’ll probably last a lifetime.

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Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Park Tool PCS-10.2 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Dialled workstand from the biggest name in bike tools

Weight: 7.5kg | Working height: 146cm | Clamp offset: 23cm | Leg footprint: 126cm | Rating: 9/10

Pros: Heavy duty. Good working height. Quick clamp. Stable even holding an e-bike Cons: Legs can be sticky to fold up. Head won’t grip a dropper post upper tube. Heavy to lug around.

Park Tool is a trusted name in the bike tool business and it sells a range of different workstands that are popular with pros and home enthusiasts alike. It’s a chunky bit of kit, weighing over 7kg, so not the easiest to carry. But the folding legs are sturdy, even outdoors, and the clamp puts your bike at a comfortable working height.

The angled main upright means there’s plenty of pedal clearance when turning the cranks, and the small tray is useful for holding tools to hand. Our only complaints are relatively minor – the clamp doesn’t grip dropper post upper tubes and the legs don’t fold/slide up easily, but these points have been addressed on the new and improved PCS-10.3 version.

Click here to read our full review of the Park Tool PCS-10.2 Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand.


BTwin 500 Bike Workstand

BTwin 500 Bike Workstand

B’Twin 500 Bike Workstand

Best value

Weight: 4.24kg | Working height: 151cm | Clamp offset: 28cm | Leg footprint: 100cm | Rating: 7/10

Pros: Great value for money (if you use occasionally). Good working height Cons: Not very stable. Cheap construction. Inside pedal can catch on tool tray.

Decathlon is always a great source of bargains, and this B’Twin 500 Bike Workstand is no exception. Nothing else will let you get both wheels of your bike off the ground, and ready to work on, for less cash. The working height is really good, too, so it’s a comfortable stand to use.

The tripod base has quite a small footprint, and the copious use of plastic in the construction means it’s not the most stable design and can flex when your loosening tight components. Also the clamp is too big to work on the upper tube of a dropper post without some kind of shim.

That said, it’s still a bit of a bargain if you own an analogue bike and only do the odd light maintenance at home.

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Read our full review of the B’Twin 500 Bike Workstand.


What to look for in the best mountain bike workstands:

There are broadly two types of bike workstand: those that have clamps and those that use some sort of cradle or arm. Don’t be tempted by anything that isn’t a clamp workstand though. Sure, cradle/arm race workstands are cheaper and look like a good idea. But they don’t hold the bike stable enough to be able to work on it accurately.

Clamp

Even sticking within the remit of clamp workstands, there are numerous different types of clamp design. The clamp is far and away the most important bit of the stand. Get an annoying one and it will the bane of your bike wrenching existence. It can also lead to improper clamping force which, in turn leads to either you or your bike getting damaged (probably both).

Now then, calm down. There is no need to get a mega-techno mega-bucks clamp design. You just need a clamp with soft rubber-lined jaws and some sort of semi-quick-release function with tighten/loosen lever on it.You’re looking for something that quickly opens/closes enough with one movement of a lever (to get the seatpost/top tube in) and then clamp down just enough to hold things just-so whilst you fine-tune the final clamping force.

The more squidgy rubber used, the better. It not only prevents cosmetic damage to your bike but it also holds things more securely. Try to avoid really deep/long jaws, as they often don’t fit modern curvy, tight-space full suspension mountain bike frames very well. Modest jaws with plenty of rubber on them are best.

You also need to make sure the clamp is rotatable so it can hold your bike in different angles and via different sections (seat post, top tube etc). This is really useful when gravity-bleeding disc brakes for example.

Foldability

As we just pointed out, you aren’t a bike shop. Nor are you a bike factory assembly line. Your workstand will spend the vast majority of its life not-in-use. We wouldn’t worry too much about speed of assembly/collapse. The key thing here is striking a balance of compactness when stowed away versus stability when unfolded and in use. Small workstands fall over. A lot. And then they go in the bin.

Legs

When it comes down to how many legs on the stand, we’re big fans of the classic two leg design where a central telescopic column leans forward placing the bike’s centre of gravity more in between the two legs. Workstands with three or four legs may be great for accessing a full 360° around the bike but, in the real world, you rarely need 360° access. Far better to have a long two-legged stand with a good clamp that can be quickly and safely tweaked to get to reposition/rotate the bike a bit as and when you need to get access to an otherwise hard to reach part.

Accessories and spares

One of the best things about going with a workstand from one of the established premium brands is the availability of accessories and spares. Not only do these brands’ workstands tend to last a lot longer anyway, but it is great to have the ability to buy replacement jaw pads, QR brackets, rubber feet and accessories like magnetic dishes or part trays that mount on the central column.